Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Warwick, the Mayor of Coventry, two Messengers, and others, upon the walls1
warwick Where is the post that came from valiant Oxford?
2How far hence is thy lord, mine honest fellow?4
warwick How far off is our brother Montague?
5Where is the post that came from Montague?Editor’s Note6
second messenger By this at Da'ntry, with a puissant troop.Editor’s NoteEnter SomervilleEditor’s Note7
warwick Say, Somerville, what says my loving son?
8And, by thy guess, how nigh is Clarence now?9
somerville At Southam I did leave him with his forces,
10And do expect him here some two hours hence.[Drum within]11
warwick Then Clarence is at hand. I hear his drum.Editor’s Note12
somerville It is not his, my lord. Here Southam lies;
13The drum your honour hears marcheth from Warwick.Editor’s Note14
warwick Who should that be? Belike unlooked-for friends.15
somerville They are at hand, and you shall quickly know.March. Flourish. Enter Edward, Richard, and soldiers17
richard See how the surly Warwick mans the wall.Editor’s Note18
warwick O, unbid spite! Is sportful Edward come?
19Where slept our scouts, or how are they seduced,
Editor’s Note20That we could hear no news of his repair?21
edward Now, Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates,
22Speak gentle words, and humbly bend thy knee,
23Call Edward king, and at his hands beg mercy,
24And he shall pardon thee these outrages.pg 395 25
warwick Nay, rather, wilt thou draw thy forces hence,
26Confess who set thee up and plucked thee down,
27Call Warwick patron, and be penitent,
28And thou shalt still remain the Duke of York.29
richard I thought at least he would have said 'the king';
30Or did he make the jest against his will?31
warwick Is not a dukedom, sir, a goodly gift?32
richard Ay, by my faith, for a poor earl to give.
Editor’s Note33I'll do thee service for so good a gift.34
warwick 'Twas I that gave the kingdom to thy brother.35
edward Why, then 'tis mine, if but by Warwick's gift.Editor’s Note36
warwick Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight,
37And, weakling, Warwick takes his gift again;
38And Henry is my king, Warwick his subject.39
edward But Warwick's king is Edward's prisoner;
40And, gallant Warwick, do but answer this:
41What is the body when the head is off?Editor’s Note42
richard Alas that Warwick had no more forecast
Editor’s Note43But, whiles he thought to steal the single ten,
44The king was slyly fingered from the deck.[To Warwick]
45You left poor Henry at the Bishop's palace,
46And ten to one you'll meet him in the Tower.47
edward Editor’s Note[to Warwick] 'Tis even so—yet you are Warwick still.Editor’s Note48
richard Come, Warwick, take the time, kneel down, kneel down.
Editor’s Note49Nay, when? Strike now, or else the iron cools.50
warwick I had rather chop this hand off at a blow,
51And with the other, fling it at thy face,
Editor’s Note52Then bear so low a sail to strike to thee.53
edward Sail how thou canst, have wind and tide thy friend,
54This hand, fast wound about thy coal-black hair,
55Shall, whiles thy head is warm and new cut off,
56Write in the dust this sentence with thy blood:
57'Wind-changing Warwick now can change no more'.Editor’s NoteEnter Oxford, with drum and colours58
warwick O, cheerful colours! See where Oxford comes.59
oxford Oxford, Oxford, for Lancaster![Exit]60
richard The gates are open. Let us enter too.Editor’s Note61
edward So other foes may set upon our backs.
Editor’s Note62Stand we in good array, for they no doubt
63Will issue out again and bid us battle.
64If not, the city being but of small defence,
Editor’s Note65We'll quickly rouse the traitors in the same.Editor’s Note66
warwick O welcome, Oxford, for we want thy help.Enter Montague, with drum and colours68
richard Thou and thy brother both shall buy this treason
69Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear.70
edward The harder matched, the greater victory.
71My mind presageth happy gain, and conquest.Enter Somerset, with drum and colours72
somerset Somerset, Somerset, for Lancaster![Exit]Editor’s Note73
richard Two of thy name, both Dukes of Somerset,
74Have sold their lives unto the house of York;
Editor’s Note75And thou shalt be the third if this sword hold.Enter Clarence, with drum and colours76
warwick And lo where George of Clarence sweeps along,
77Of force enough to bid his brother battle;
78With whom an upright zeal to right prevails
Editor’s Note79More than the nature of a brother's love.
80Come, Clarence, come. Thou wilt if Warwick call.81
clarence Father of Warwick, know you what this means?
82Look, here I throw my infamy at thee.[He throws his red rose at Warwick]
Editor’s Note83I will not ruinate my father's house,
Editor’s Note84Who gave his blood to lime the stones together,
Editor’s Note85And set up Lancaster. Why, trowest thou, Warwick,
Editor’s Note86That Clarence is so harsh, so blunt, unnatural,
87To bend the fatal instruments of war
Link 88Against his brother and his lawful king?
Editor’s Note89Perhaps thou wilt object my holy oath.
Editor’s Note90To keep that oath were more impiety
91Than Jephthah when he sacrificed his daughter.
92I am so sorry for my trespass made
93That, to deserve well at my brother's hands,
94I here proclaim myself thy mortal foe,
95With resolution, wheresoe'er I meet thee—
96As I will meet thee, if thou stir abroad—
97To plague thee for thy foul misleading me.
98And so, proud-hearted Warwick, I defy thee,
99And to my brother turn my blushing cheeks.
100Pardon me, Edward, I will make amends;
101And, Richard, do not frown upon my faults,
102For I will henceforth be no more unconstant.103
edward Now welcome more, and ten times more, beloved
104Than if thou never hadst deserved our hate.105
richard Welcome, good Clarence! This is brother-like.Editor’s Note106
warwick O, passing traitor, perjured and unjust!pg 397 107
edward What, Warwick, wilt thou leave the town and fight?
108Or shall we beat the stones about thine ears?Editor’s Note109
warwick Alas, I am not cooped here for defence.
110I will away towards Barnet presently,
111And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou dar'st.112
edward Yes, Warwick, Edward dares, and leads the way.
113Lords, to the field! Saint George and victory!Exeunt [Edward and his followers] Editor’s NoteMarch. Warwick and his company follow